The most famous island is called Murano, famous for its glass works that are sold throughout Venice. Products range from glass beads to giant glass sculptures costing thousands of euros. Be cautious though, not everything being sold is "authentic" Murano glass.
Most tourists are drawn to Murano by the offer of a free boat ride to the island followed by a free tour of the glass factory. The tour usually ends with a very hard push to buy expensive glass works from their show room. My best advice for anyone visiting Venice is to SKIP Murano and head over to BURANO!
Laundry is hung out to dry
and locals go about their daily routine.
Worlds away from the crowded canals of Venice!
Like Murano, Burano is known for their own craft of hand-stitched lace works.
You can find anything from lace bookmarks to table linens.
Again, not all lace is authentic Burano lace.
Real hand-stitched lace is expensive! $$$
Most lace items sold here are cheap imports from China.
It doesn't make them any less pretty though!
So shop around, get an idea of prices, and decide if it is worth buying... even if it is a knock-off.
I purchased this knock-off table runner for 50 euro...
- Burano can be reached by taking vaporetto #12 from St. Mark's Square.
- Buying a one day travel card can save money when visiting the islands since you will likely need to take 4 or more ferries to get there and back.